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Sunday, February 17, 2008

VOTER APATHY, 2008 - THE SUNDAY COMMENTARY

2008 has become an election year to remember and we still have several months before the General Election in November. Republicans have narrowed the field down to one , John McCain with Mike Huckabee hanging on to position himself either for the VP slot or for 2012.

Democrats are in a rare fight to the finish between Hillary and Obama. The Delegate count is so close that their nominee will be decided during the Convention with a great deal of infighting and back room deals before a nominee is crowned.

With all of this activity and the nomination process in full swing why then is this post titled , "Voter Apathy, 2008 ?" Simply put, voter apathy has created the nomination nightmare that both parties are facing.

First the Democrats. While every Primary for the Dems has had a fairly large turn out for a Primary the voters have had a great deal of apathy in their voting because of how the vote has turned out. Hillary who does not offer alot has be struggling for her campaign life against Barak Obama whose resume can be written on a postage stamp.

Democrat voter apathy is found in the fact that Obama's great popularity comes from voters who could care less about why he is running but only that he is running. When he makes the statement during his campaign stops, "We Can, " no one is asking the obvious question, "We Can WHAT !" Obama has no experience, no plan , no substance and when voters who support him are asked to name a single accomplishment attributed to the Senator from Illinois, no one can name anything because there are no accomplishments to name.

When asked, voters speak of his speech at the Convention in 2004. They mention that he is a Senator. They mention that he is black. They mention that he has charisma. Yet no one can tell you what he stands for or anything he has done. He could very well win the Democrat nomination because he looks and sounds good and nothing else.

The only non-apethetic aspect of the Obama surge is that voters are excited about him , yet have no clue of what he has done or what he can do, just that he is! Democrat voters apethetically are supporting Obama and could care less about issues, or substance of the candidate. They just like him and that is all.

Republicans have not faired much better in some respects. Voter apathy during the Primaries allowed John McCain to come out of nowhere to gain the nomination. Voter turn out was low in every GOP Primary and because there was not a candidate of , "excitement, " for the GOP crowd voters simply did not show up to vote. Now those same voters want to complain about who is getting the nomination.

Don't get me wrong, I am not a McCain fan but I do know this. Being a Conservative does not mean sitting back on my Conservative principles and because the candidate who happens to be leading for the nomination does not meet with all of my standards, then I just will not vote.

Being a Conservative not only stands for certain principles but it also stands for FIGHTING for those principles even when a candidate does not agree with them 100%. Sitting back in apathy and complaining by threatening not to vote accomplishes nothing and will place a Democrat in the White House.

Many within GOP circles are willing to do just that and try for a better candidate in 2012 and accept the consequences of four years of Hillary or Obama. I am not one of those. I would rather challenge a President McCain with my Conservative acitivism 25 - 30% of the time than have to fight a liberal/Socialist Hillary or Obama 100% of the time.

Apathy because of lack of interest in a candidate that does not agree 100% with Conservative principles is a dangerous presidence to set for our Constitutional Republic. What would have happened if George Washington had told the Constitutional Congress that he was retired and was no longer interested in fighting for the Republic ?

What if Reagan had decided after Watergate that fighing for Conservative principles was not worth it and he simply retired from public life and enjoyed his Senior years with his beloved Nancy at their California Ranch ?

Conservative voters whose apathy toward McCain based on their anger over his past actions are giving up the fight against liberalism and willingly assisting the Democrats into the White House. Being a Conservative does not mean SITTING on our principles but FIGHTING for them even if it is with our own GOP candidate !

Democrats are apathetically uninformed about Obama and Republcians are apatehtically whining because they did not get all they wanted in a candidate. Both forms of voter apathy are dangerous and show an irresponsibility toward our Constitutional duty as citizens of this great land to make our government listen to the voice of, " We The People! "

Our history was made by individuals and groups who not only stood for their principles but fought for them and for the country that they loved. 2008 is no different then the heritage that has been left to us of political activism and not political apathy.

Democrats get off you lazy apethetic uninformed back sides and research to find out just who and what your candidate believes and when Obama states, " We Can, " demand of him , "We can WHAT ! "

Republicans quit complaining anout who we have as a nominee and demand of him to stand for the principles that we believe in and leave your voter apathy at home and fight for our principles. Many have asked the question who would Reagan vote for ? Ronald Reagan would vote for the GOP nominee, John McCain and demand of him a platform of Conservative principles that follow those that Reagan fought for most of his political life.

We as Conservatives must follow Reagan's example and fight, even John McCain for those principles. Stop our whining and complaining and unite for victory against the liberals we have fought against all of our lives. Then with our Conservative activism demand that a President McCain listen to the voice of the people, which will be his Constitutional responsibility as he defends and protects the Constitution, the voice of the people !

Ken Taylor

18 Comments:

Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Obama does'nt know what the heck he stands for and those that hang around him dont either.

I was wondering what all the ecitement about Obama was and I now know:

All his supporters want to "Do-Him"!

Young, Old, White, Black, Male, Female, all his supporters.

I know he get's Chris Matthews of PMSNBC excited!

And now I know what the heck is going on.

6:27 PM, February 17, 2008  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

This guy has nothing of substance at all. Voters just like to look at him and listen to his voice without hearing what he says! Pitifull

6:34 PM, February 17, 2008  
Blogger Gayle said...

Obama is a Cheer Leader, pure and simple. "Yes we can! Yes we can!" I'm surprised he isn't waving around pom-poms and doing hand stands.

The entire Obama Phenomona is utterly disgusting!

6:54 PM, February 17, 2008  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Agreed Gayle!

7:09 PM, February 17, 2008  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Good post.

I think some of this media fawning and some of the aura around Obama will begin to wear thin, before November. Right now, we are oversaturated with it, and I think like an overplayed song, it will eventually experience a backlash, as voters in November will have to confront the gravity of the decision they are about to make.

....then again, there will probably be a huge turnout of knuckleheads, the likes of which we've not seen before.

12:28 AM, February 18, 2008  
Blogger Rivka said...

Great post Ken, as usual!

I am only voting McCain because I don't want Hillary or Obama, however I think I may end up disagreeing with McCain 95% of the time and Hillary 98.9 % of the time and Obama 100% of the time. But for that small difference I will pull the lever for McCain. ;~)

ONe thing I must say that bothers me is how we are kind of bickering with one another about all of this. Why can't we agree to disagree about McCain on some issues instead of forcing those of us who don't like McCain to like him or calling us nut cases for thinking the way we do.

I mean, come on we have a disagreement on McCain and it is widespread, not just one or two of us and not just RUsh and Ann. Sean Hannity has his issues as well. There are more conservative pundits and talk show hosts against McCain than there are for him.

I certainly don't hate any one of you or refuse to visit your blogs because you want to do posts proving McCain is a conservative. That is totally cool with me. I just don't think it is healthy to be angry or vitriolic toward those of us who may vote for him but won't say he is a true conservative. WE would be lowering ourselves and acting like a bunch of libs if we got too emotional over our disagreement here.

I do agree that we need to go vote in the general for our candidate to prevent socialism from taking over, but I am not sure McCain would be able to overcome a democratic controlled congress because he is pretty soft regarding changing his views to work with them. I am not sure what we will get with him.

ANyway, just my opinion! ;~)

8:47 AM, February 18, 2008  
Blogger Rivka said...

WOrdsmith,
You are right in your assessment of Obama.

8:49 AM, February 18, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This conservative is going to vote down ballot. However I can not support McCain.
I believe this is my right.
Here in NC we have a conservative republican running against a do nothing democrat and he stands a chance of winning. We also have a strong conservative running for Gov.
However McCain runs counter to those
Beliefs I feel are too important to ignore or over look.
Once Juan McCain gets what he wants from the base, he will have no need for us again, and will simply ignore the base as he goes about his merry way appeasing the dems and the media.
No thanks.

10:49 AM, February 18, 2008  
Blogger Rob said...

Ken, I have to whole-heartedly disagree with much of your post related to Obama and your contention that he has no real plan and those that follow him are somehow uninformed.

I could go point by point and discuss the differences and specifics of Obama vs. McCain and their visions for the nation, but I'm sure it wouldn't make much difference to you or others on this blog.

I will say this, I pride myself on being very well informed and I am firmly behind Obama. I know quite a few well-informed Dems and the last thing I would argue is that Dems are apathetic about Hillary or Obama. I don't ever remember Dem voters being so energized and enthusiastic about two potential Dem candidates. Whoever wins the nomination will blow away McCain - and it won't be because of voter apathy, it will be because Americans will choose from two very different candidates and their ideas.

Good luck to you and your candidate as he opens the borders and floods the U.S. with illegals to help his large Hispanic donors, prepares for a 100 year occupation in Iraq, and makes flip floppers like Joe Lieberman key members of his cabinet.

1:16 PM, February 18, 2008  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

This is getting pretty depressing.

I dont have a clue how we wound up in this mess.

4:25 PM, February 18, 2008  
Blogger American Interests.blog said...

“Conservative voters whose apathy toward McCain based on their anger over his past actions are giving up the fight against liberalism and willingly assisting the Democrats into the White House. Being a Conservative does not mean SITTING on our principles but FIGHTING for them even if it is with our own GOP candidate!”

Powerful words, I could not agree more, Republicans resisting McCain still have a choice even if it means fighting their own. Determined individuals within a collective using there voice; the peoples voice to advance what they believe. In a mature democracy what could be more important? This is not idealism, it politics.

6:36 AM, February 19, 2008  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Oh I'm going to vote for McCain, but I think alot of us have this idea in mind about Amnesty, GITMO, The Border Fence, Waterboarding.

Like, NO! Amnesty, GITMO STAYS!, The Fence get's built, and Waterboarding stays!

If McCain would comply with these issues that this side of the conservative block want, he would have no problem getting the base to rally behind him.

6:05 PM, February 19, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marie's Two Cents said...

"This is getting pretty depressing.

I dont have a clue how we wound up in this mess."

Is is easy:

"absolute power corrupts absolutely"

Bush, Cheney, DeLay, Gingrich, etc., etc...

While these slime balls say what conservative want to hear, they raped and pillaged the American people.

Go watch Network:

Howard Beale: [screaming at the top of his lungs] "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"

The American majority has awoken and are telling the Conservatives to crawl back under their rocks.

Obama is like JFK, offering a way out of the same old that the other candidates represent.

As a moderate I'm impressed with what I have heard. He doens't flip flop and he has solid advisors around him.

1:02 AM, February 20, 2008  
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